Meat Loaf Fans Rally In Support Of UK Chart Effort.
Fan created web campaign aims to take the rock giant's Jack Black collaboration, 'Like A Rose' to the top, beginning June 14th.
Debuting at #4 on the UK album charts on April 25th, the album has quickly become a fan favourite. But a group of fans at popular Meat Loaf fan forum, MLUKFC.com, remain dissatisfied, feeling that the release has been let down by poor label support and a notable lack of singles.
Fans got their first taste of the album when the James Michael penned track 'Los Angeloser' went to radio in late March. The song became Meat's first track to be A-Listed by BBC Radio 2 (the UK's most popular national radio station,) since 1993's worldwide smash hit 'I'd Do Anything For Love'. Despite this, no physical single release has followed, and as of late May it seems that the label have dropped support for the veteran singer's album completely.
Enter Meat Loaf fans Paul Lockhart & Caryl Burton. Together with fellow members of MLUKFC they are orchestrating a campaign to restore the Texan rock legend to the top of the charts through digital downloads of the album track 'Like A Rose'.
The fun and gritty track - a raunchy ode to a femme fatale who'll 'kick you when you're low, and **** you when she's done', finds Meat trading vocals with fellow rocker/actor Jack Black. The pair previously appeared together in the 2006 hit film 'Tenacious D: Pick Of Destiny'.
Caryl, a staunch devotee of Meat Loaf since the very beginnings of his remarkable career in rock, explains her support:
"I've followed Meat since 1978 and have watched the music industry change, and the way promotional support from labels quickly fades after the release of an album. This album is so new, so different to what we expected, such a tour de force; it deserves sustained promotion, particularly in today's internet world of downloading, which is where so many sales are made."
"Record companies care about business; costs and profits. Fans care about music, and that's what albums should be about. 'Hang Cool Teddy Bear' delivers something new and very special in rock and roll. So it seems that if the label loses interest, then the fans need to stand up and be counted, and I wanted to be one of them."
Fellow fan Ross Pomfret has established a website at www.meatchart.net , detailing the campaign in full.
Beginning the week of June 14th it is hoped that Meat Loaf's huge UK fanbase will join forces and download 'Like A Rose'. The campaign aims to spread awareness via social networking sites, including a goal of attracting 2000 fans per day via Facebook (which aided Rage Against The Machine in their successful 'Killing In The Name' Christmas #1 campaign last year), at http://www.facebook.com/
The following Sunday's charts will reveal the results of their collective efforts.
'Like A Rose' is available to purchase individually from the 'Hang Cool Teddy Bear' album (at a cost of around 89-99p) from iTunes, Amazon.co.uk, or HMV digital.
- Michael Escritt
Please visit www.meatchart.net for further details and information on how you can help.
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